Washington, DC– In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East, calls for an investigation into the assassination of Lokman Slim and accountability for those found to have been responsible for this crime.
On February 4th, Lokman Slim, a prominent critic of the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah was found dead in his car in southern Lebanon. Police say he had been shot in the head.
Shortly after Slim’s assassination, Jawad Nasrallah, the son of the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, tweeted that “the loss of some people is in fact an unplanned gain #notsorry.” He later deleted the tweet.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and an IDC Congressional Champion, and Senator James Risch (R-ID), Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, expressed their condolences. Senator Risch added that “Hezbollah’s criminal mismanagement continues to drive Lebanon to the brink of economic collapse.”
“We call for an international investigation into this assassination and for the strongest possible measures of accountability toward the murderers,” said IDC President Toufic Baaklini. “It is widely known that the Lebanese government is increasingly corrupt and under the influence of Hezbollah. However, Hezbollah should take notice that there will be consequences for this.”